Anya Taylor-Joy was rejected by the director of The Northamn for this film

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The relationship between Robert Eggers and Anya Taylor-Joy did not begin with this director’s last film, The Northman. Both coincided in The Witch (the witch), Eggers’s debut opera and also the first important role of the American actress. That interpretation of Thomasin earned the actress an important leap in her career, which would end up exploding after her participation in the miniseries Lady’s Gambit.

Director Robert Eggers

As for the director, he continued with the idea of ​​making horror films and devoted himself fully to his project The Lighthouse, this film in which Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe act. For this film, Eggers contacted the actress, but was unable to find a character for her. However, Anya, delighted with her experience with the director, insisted and offered to be the mermaid, after hearing that Robert mentioned that she appeared as one of hers. But it did not seem like an appropriate role for the actress because of the symbolic use it has. Here we can see one of the scenes where this character appears.

Let’s remember that in this film, Dafoe and Pattinson put themselves in the shoes of two lighthouse keepers who get caught in the middle of a storm. Over time they begin to lose their sanity. A mermaid appears before them, with which an inexperienced Pattinson becomes obsessed. He has many hallucinations with her including sexual matters, death and of course, a lot of fear. The director did not think that Anya would be in that role and for that reason he rejected her. To show how eager she was to participate, Taylor even offered to “be in the background or be a seagull.” She evidently fell in love with Eggers.

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The relationship between the two did not decline at all and that is why now he was able to participate in this film, The Northman. Here, Anya plays Olga of the Birch Forest, a Slavic woman who creates a strong connection with Amleth, the protagonist of this story, which is about this warrior who returns after a forced exile after seeing that his uncle killed his father and kidnapped to his mother. Thirsty for revenge, a tremendous fight seems to be coming. The film has received very positive reviews since its release and aims to be one of the best of the year.

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